Rome man pleads guilty to leaving scene of fatal motorcycle crash last year

23-year-old Everett Taylor of Rome (Photo provided by New York State Police)

The Rome man who was charged in connection to a fatal motorcycle hit-and-run crash in Westmoreland last year has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 11:27 AM
Updated: Jul 25, 2018 11:27 AM

The Rome man who was charged in connection to a fatal motorcycle hit-and-run crash in Westmoreland last year has pleaded guilty to the charges.

In Oneida County Court on Tuesday, 23-year-old Everett Taylor pleaded guilty to two counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, one for each victim and one of which resulted in death.

Police say in the afternoon of May 27, 2017, Taylor was driving a 2008 Hundai vehicle eastbound in the passing lane of the Thruway in Westmoreland when he changed lanes to the driving lane and struck the front tire of a motorcycle driven by 47-year-old Joseph Perrotti of Utica.

Police say both Perrotti and his passenger were ejected from the motorcycle, and Taylor continued driving before getting off exit 32 in Westmoreland.

Perrotti and his passenger both sustained serious injuries, and Perrotti later died of his injures on June 2, according to police. Taylor was not injured in the crash.

Taylor was then stopped on Furnace Street in Westmoreland after a sheriff’s deputy saw the damage on his vehicle while authorities were searching the area for a suspect’s vehicle.

Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced in Oneida County Court on Sept. 18.

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